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Situations where there are grounds for filing a complaint

Workers may file a complaint with the CNESST in several situations if they:

  • believe that their rights or the legislation enforced by the CNESST are not respected in their workplace
  • are not satisfied with the services they have received or failed to receive from the CNESST
  • want to contest a temporary assignment or a CNESST decision
  • want to contest a contracting process
  • want to report a hazardous health and safety situation

An employer, contractor, certified association, supplier or service provider may also file a complaint to denounce a situation of non-compliance.

Labour standards complaints

Workers may file a complaint if they believe that:

  • their employer is not paying them their wages or other amounts of money provided for by law
  • their employer dismissed them without just cause 
  • they are victims of psychological or sexual harassment
  • they are victims of prohibited practices, i.e., sanctions, discriminatory measures or reprisals on the part of their employer
  • their working conditions differ from those of their co-workers who perform the same tasks, in the same establishment, solely because of their hiring date
  • their employer has unfairly changed their status from employee to independent contractor or self-employed worker or if they disagree with this change

The time limit for filing a labour standards complaint varies from 45 days to 2 years from the date of the event in question.

Pay equity complaints 

A pay equity complaint may be filed when:

When a disagreement arises during pay equity work that is done by a committee or by the employer in collaboration with a certified association, a pay equity dispute may be submitted.

Occupational health and safety complaints

Workers may file an occupational health and safety complaint concerning:

Complaints or reports about a hazardous situation

A worker may file a complaint or report a hazardous situation by contacting an inspector on call at 1 844 838-0808, option 1. Doing so is voluntary and confidential. The request will be processed so that the CNESST assesses the risk and whether measures are in place to reduce and control it.

A worker may exercise their right of refusal if they have reasonable grounds to believe that the performance of their work would expose them or another person to a hazard that could affect their:

  • health
  • safety
  • physical well-being

Complaints concerning the contracting process 

A company or group of companies may file a complaint when a situation of non compliance occurs during a contracting process.

Compliants concerning the quality of the CNESST’s services

In general, you may file a complaint when you are not satisfied with the quality of services you have received from the CNESST.

Laws and regulations

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